BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, September 4, 2014 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced the addition of libreCMC, an embedded GNU/Linux project, to its list of recommended distributions.
The FSF's list consists of ready-to-use full systems whose developers have made a commitment to follow the
Guidelines for Free System Distributions. This means each distro includes and steers users toward exclusively free software. All distros reject nonfree software, including firmware "blobs," and nonfree documentation.
The wireless network router is a ubiquitous device found in almost every home or business. Virtually all routers on the market today ship with proprietary operating systems. With libreCMC, users can now replace the proprietary operating system on many routers with a 100% free software operating system.
"Today, if you run libreCMC on your home router, you will gain more control over your computing and over the security of your communications. Over time, as a platform designed for and by free software users, we hope libreCMC will make it easy for any user to run their own services, and to remotely access and share files without having to rely upon third-parties," said Joshua Gay, FSF's licensing and compliance manager.
Bob Call, the founder and lead maintainer of libreCMC, said, "The core goals of the libreCMC project are to provide a solid platform that gives users the freedom to control their computing, both in the embedded and large application spaces and eventually in the area of high-performance computing. Right now, libreCMC supports five different versions of routers, as well as the Ben NanoNote. In the future, we hope to expand support to more devices, provide an easy solution for users to host their own services, and pave the way for free software to expand in the embedded world."
The FSF is currently evaluating routers running libreCMC for its Respects Your Freedom hardware certification program.
More info about libreCMC and how to get involved can be found out at
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